Airbus/Singapore Airlines joint venture aims to broaden the scope of pilot training for Asia.. and beyond

14 February 2014 Feature story

In addition to an impressive lineup of eight full-flight simulators for Airbus’ complete family of jetliners, the planned Airbus Asia Training Centre in Singapore also will open the frontiers of training for pilots.

Airbus and Singapore Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding during this week’s Singapore Airshow for the joint venture, which is to expand training capabilities to meet the demands of the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.     

“This facility is not just about pilots’ type rating and recurrent training, it also will be a centre of excellence that will look into research and development of training methods and technologies,” said Goh Choon Phong, Singapore Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer. “It will contribute to knowledge-building in the field of aviation.”

Once in full operation, the new facility is expected to feature a complete selection of training systems for Airbus’ modern product line, including one full-flight simulator for the A380, one for the A330 and two configured for the A320, as well as four for the A350 XWB jetliner – highlighting this next-generation widebody’s popularity in Asia.

A full-flight simulator provides highly accurate training conditions on the ground by duplicating the cockpit environment during the various phases of flight.  It includes realistic visual representations of conditions during takeoff, while airborne and during landing, enhanced by a motion system.      

The Airbus Asia Training Centre facility is scheduled to commence operations from the Singapore Airlines Training Centre near Changi Airport before transitioning to a dedicated site in the Seletar Aerospace Park.

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